by Jose G. “Joey” Gonzalez, Jr. on 10/18/2013
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, (TxDOT) 1,500 crashes and 100 deaths occur in construction or maintenance zones every year on Texas Highways. Most of these accidents are rear-end collisions. We have seen an increase in dangerous Texas highway accidents due to the increase in construction and work zones along our freeways.
Currently, there are 20 active work zones along 109.6 miles of I-35. TxDOT has never had this many work zones on the state’s busiest corridor at one time. Drivers in these Texas highway construction and work zones must exercise a higher degree of caution while navigating the roadway; and, highway drivers face increased fines for moving violations as high as $400.00.
With the high amount of construction taking place on Texas highways, motorists often encounter work zones. While drivers must take note of work zones and adjust their speed accordingly, the construction planners and engineers who set up the work zones should also plan their work in the safest possible manner.
Drivers can take the following precautions:
- Plan ahead so that you are not in a rush. Allow extra time to reach your destination before driving through work zones.
- Observe posted speed limit signs and slow down. Speeding is the primary cause of work zone crashes. Traffic fines double in work zones.
- Pay attention. Workers and construction equipment are often close to passing vehicles.
- Be patient. Construction zones often cause frustrating delays. Slowing down will likely increase your travel time by only a few minutes.
While navigating safely through work zones is the responsibility of motorists, despite our best efforts at safe driving, accidents can still take place. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident while driving through construction or work zones, please contact us as soon as possible. Watts Guerra will represent you if you have been injured due to work zone or construction site negligence.blog comments powered by Disqus